West Lakeview Liquors

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West Lakeview LiquorsWest Lakeview Liquors
BA SCORE
100
world-class

102 Reviews
Reviews: 102
Visits: 170
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: n/a
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2156 W Addison St
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-6136
United States
phone: (773) 525-1916

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Place added by: mkopera24

Hours:
Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 10pm
Fri. & Sat. 10am - 11pm
Sun. 11am - 10pm

Parking: Y (in the rear of the store)
Mail Order: Y
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Reviews: 102 | Visits: 170
Photo of dexterk1
4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is perhaps the best liquor store in the city for beer! The set up is very nice. It is a small place on the corner of addison and leavitt. It has an a joining store with cheese and some other grocery stuff. The beer selection is very good. They have a lot of very good beers in the coolers and outside on the shelves as well. The quality of the selection is impressive as well. Many nice beer both foreign and domestic. They also will rotate some of there selection from time to time. It is actually more in Roscoe Village area, but it is a destination for the whole north side of the city. (594 characters)

Photo of osusullins
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a beer lover's paradise. Far and away my favorite liquor store in Chicago. They always have a great stock of the highest quality of beers, and in the off chance that they are out of something, then they will special order it if it is available. Some of the kegs they have available on their keg list are simply amazing. The store is very intimate, but not cramped. It is very organized with the bottles easily accessable and easy to find if you know specifically what you are looking for. The staff is very helpful and friendly. I have had many conversations with the owner and she is an absolute pleasure to talk with. Parking is easy and it is in a great neighborhood. I can't express enough how much I love this place. (729 characters)

Photo of onefmatt
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Great liquor store, fantastic selection of imports and liquor. They a friends with Mikeller and have a great selection of their wares. Craft selection is always good and changing, sometimes hit or miss but always solid. Good local Midwest brews from 3 Floyds to Founders to Finch's.

What really sets this store apart is the beer events they will put on in the lawn out back. Just nice to have a store so involved in the craft beer industry. Cantillon Zwanze event back in September was a blast. I am more apt to give to those who give to the brewing community. (561 characters)

Photo of azorie
4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

this is a mail order review only.

I used these folks once, but was very happy with everything but the shipping costs. Not their fault I guess. I did a few emails with them and they were very nice and even got a beer for me that is rare. If not for the shipping costs I would use them more. of course that is true for most good shippers.

They packed the box very well and sure was secure. There were no leaks. The online store was easy to use, but what was in stock needs some work.

No idea what the store looks like inside. (526 characters)

Photo of jale
4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Came for the Zwanze day event.
I can't say enough how impressed I was with the beer selection at the store. So many beers I have not seen before. They have a very nice selection of higher end cheeses and unique food products. The staff are as nice as can be. They have a nice selection of beer glasses to go with the great beer available here. The owner is such a fantastic person. She is concerned first and foremost with the customers. This place knows beer and it shows. I will stop here every time I'm in the area. And by the way....Kristina throws one hell of a party. (573 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.86/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped by for zwanze day. Beautiful shop in a nice quiet area. Inside has lots of old world charm. Tons of wood through out. Looks like a small shop in europe. Everything was well kept and clean. Great bottle presentation. Very friendly service. Selection was amazing, found lots of wants. Tons of local, american, and euro offerings. From lambic to ipa, a solid represetation. Small deli selection and speciality cheeses. Some healthy frozen goods. Very small market looking. I will be back here for sure, love this place. (524 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here after a small tasting down the street at Lush. I wasn't sure what to expect, frankly. It's a small place, kinda cramped, with warm beers on shelves opposite a wall of coolers (also filled with beer). This place has a decent-sized selection, one that seems to focus on imports that you won't find very often elsewhere. I collected a few smoked beers and headed off on my merry way. Some gems here, indeed. The guy at the counter seemed affable enough (I didn't press him for knowledge or anything), and I hear great things from regulars and semi-regulars. The prices are a tad high for my blood, but I chalk that up to Cook County and whatnot, to tell the truth (and it wasn't that bad, really). Overall, a great little place, one that I definitely plan on visiting again very soon. (797 characters)

Photo of Davidpgibbons
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I stop here at least once a week to scan the selection. I usually always walk out with something. The staff is very informative, most of them know what they are talking about. They especially have a huge collection of mikeller, and very few spots have much. Lots of belgium styles and strongs! They also carry bluegrass brews which are somewhat hard to find in chicago. Usually when an anticipated beer comes it its never marked up and there usually isnt a limit. Overall worth a stop you will usually find something good and rare! (531 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by here before heading over to a Cubs game.

The liquor portion of the establishment was sort of small, but the selection was outstanding. The Euro shelf space was actually much larger than the US shelf, but the cooler was full of 90% US craft so it made up for it. The establishment has a good relationship the guys from Mikkeller, so this is the spot to get your harder to find Mikkeller as it is usually full stocked with everything you can imagine. The service is also great. Always friendly and will go and look in the stock room if they think they have something that might not be on the shelf at the moment ( was able to get my Half Acre Meat Wave this way).

I didn't venture over into the grocery/deli section, but I hear it's got a very good selection of goodies and cheeses.

Price were reasonable for the area as well and anytime I'm in the area I will always come back and check this out. (910 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: nice clean small bottle shop. They really do well with the space they have and have a lot of beer out for the limited room that they have. Not a single bottle has dust on it.

Quality: There are some nice quality beers here!

Service: Friendly and helpful. Staff made a nice beer suggestion to me for a barrel aged stout. I am really looking forward to trying!

Selection: decent amount of american craft beer even the canned craft beer! Bigger selection of imported from allover the world sorted by region its from! Huge Mikeller section!

Value: Prices are fair and reasonable. This is a nicestore to visist when your in the area! (644 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A-- Off Addison, near Wrigley Field. Very small shop. Wine in the middle of the store, beers in the coolers and in the back.

Q-- Clean and organized. Did a nice job of separating the foreign, local craft and craft beer. Especially considering the space that they have to work with.

S-- Excellent service. Had two questions and got a lot of help in a short amount of time.

S-- Impressive. Good Foreign stuff that not normally seen and really good selection of stuff within the Chicago area. Able to buy singles of selected beers was very nice and something not all that seen in the US.

V-- Good prices, good service and a good selection of beers. FFF, Flossmore, Dark Horse, Great Divide, Hitichino, and others make this a place worth going to in a big way. Thanks to Dunt and Alexander for the suggestion. (813 characters)

Photo of Northsider
4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I passed by this place on a walk yesterday and decided to stop in and just have a looksee. It really doesn't look like much more than an average corner liquor store from the outside, but once you walk in it completely changes. It's brightly lit, clean, and has great service. While it is a tad small, it doesn't feel claustrophobic or anything.

Selection is pretty sweet, and the ads on the side of the building are a testament to that. Lots of great local and import crafts. Not horribly priced. Conveniently located. Check this place out. (541 characters)

Photo of AnnArborJoe
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Fantastic store. As long as you aren't there during a major rush, everyone is very helpful. I've shopped many times and I've never been disappointed by the selection, knowledge of the employees, or the level of service. The amount of liquor/wine in the store isn't phenomenal, but it's mainly a beer store and the booze/wine is enough to fulfill the needs if you're not just picking up beer. So far I've been unable to attend any tastings/BBQ/events but I've only heard good things. From my experiences, the beers that you would like to have fresh turnover pretty quickly and their overall inventory is somewhat small so I haven't had any old/skunked beers. (657 characters)

Photo of Duffman929
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Was in the loop and heading home and decided to stop here to see what the deal was. The place is small, but they have some really great beers here. They people in the store knew what they were talking about, were able to recommend some beer, as well as were willing to take my name in case certain beers I am looking for come in.

I ended up getting a bottle of '10 and '11 North Coast Old Stock Ale and a bottle of Old Rasputin XII to age in my cellar. The prices were reasonable and I will stop back in again. (512 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.16/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Finally got to stop into this place on our way over to DLD this year. Honestly not much to look at from the outside, but in its compact size, there was a fantastic selection of local and imported stuff. Most impressive were the imports since alot of what I saw I have not seen anywhere else in the area. My only complaint is paying Chicago area prices & tax, but I can highly suggest the place since you will find something that you cant anywhere else, just be prepared for the costs.

Overall, a great beer store though. Would visit more often if it were closer (562 characters)

Photo of beernightscout
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Quick edit: Compared to Lush down the street on Roscoe, West Lakeview is a total steal, prices here are almost half what they are at Lush for the exact same thing...why bother? kristina, us beer geeks are so thankful for you.

A local legend, and regional destination. Small, tight storefront, imagine what it could be if they had more room....Great wine and spirits to choose from, fancy food next door at their new deli...but it's all about the beer.

You will find beer here you will not find anywhere else. A huge selection of De Dolle, Mikkeller, Nogne, Brewdog, and great ones such as Aventinus Eisbock, Ølfabrikken Porter, and a collection of $25-30 imports I will probably never be able to afford. Wow. Wish I had an iphone so I can stand there, go online and see what all these rare things are rated. Mind-blowing is the best way to describe the import selection. Hands down this is the best import shop in the city.

But they do get the new releases from the important U.S. brewers too, and they get all the rare stuff. Ask kristina, the owner, how to be best kept aware of the rare stuff that comes in, or email her from their website. (I got Founders Nemesis 2010, etc.) She is very helpful. The other staff, who I see much more often, are also helpful and knowledgable.

Their prices are perfectly mid-range; no one can compete with Binny's, Foremost, Cardinal, etc., but you can go very close by to other great beer shops and pay more for the same stuff. I like to support the small family businesses when possible.

I'm a fan. (1,542 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Huge Edit!

I went here for Zwanze day yesterday and was blown out of the water. The atmosphere was phenomenal, service exceptional, and selection amazing. Kristina brought up some insane beer from downstairs, and I was able to purchase my fair share of fun stuff. One of the most memorable beer experiences of my life. You could feel the passion for craft beer at this establishment.

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Met up with a fellow BA here to do an IP trade (got 2011 DL and KBS).

As stated in my other review, the day was a nasty thunderstorming Midwest experience. Despite this, the store was actually quite active. It is located on the corner of a nice residential area and by golly, I’d love to live there. The quality was top notch. I had heard this was the “place to get Cantillon”, however, as I’ve learned in the past week...no one freaking has this anymore (and if someone reads this and knows of a place that does, let me know! I’m just back from CA after three years and want my Cantillon fix). The service was good...bs’d with the two guys working. They knew a decent amount about craft beer so that’s always a plus. The selection was also pretty good – limited, but good. 3F, lots of JP (actually I think every JP that is not limited was there), lots of imports, etc. Currently drinking one of the beers I picked up there. The price was overall expected for the area. I see this has a really high rating, but to be perfectly honest, nothing here was “that” special or blew me away. I have hit up damn near 10 beer places since I’ve been home in the past week and I have seen more selection other places. Yes they have a great import section, but again, nothing that is crazy rare. As stated, I believe their name to fame was having tons of Cantillon, but they had zero when I was there. I may re-rate this in the future when/if they get stuff in, but as rarity goes, it was nothing to write home about. (1,918 characters)

Photo of JoshVandy
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped by here on May 21, 2011 during my trip to Chicago.

A fantastic little shop that literally had most of the stuff I was looking for. The atmosphere is great, with the store looking very clean and well planned out. The quality of the products was second to none, including offerings from Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, and Firestone Walker, to name a few. The service was decent, but we arrived shortly after the opened, and I knew my way around the products. Everything was decently priced, as I managed to find the last bottle of Abacus on the shelf for $14.99. A fantastic store and a must-stop if you're in the area. (622 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

West Lakeview Liqours is a must-stop if you are in Chicago. Everything in stock is of the highest quality, from beer and booze to cheese and accoutrements. The import selection is great, and the whisky is phenomenal. Lambics and are well-represented, as are obscure Euro brands. The prices are all reasonable, and really good if you factor WLVs economy of scale. The staff is as knowledgeable as it gets and exceptionally helpful. About as good as it gets; WLV has all the good stuff and none of the crap. (505 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped in to West Lakeview Liquors for the first time with my buddy Win from Flossmoor, IL. I had met the owner, Kristina Bozic, and her assistant, Bryna in Belgium at the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival. It was good to reconnect with both of them and of course to survey the store's extensive craft beer selection. This is definitely a place to check out for rare imports (like rare specimens from 3 Fonteinen etc.) and good local beers too. The store is small, and also sells wine and spirits, but Kristina manages to pack the small space with an informed selection of craft beers (you can check out their stock online). The essential thing to know is that Kristina and the staff are dedicated craft brew enthusiasts who keep up with the scene and really know their beers. The store will be expanded this year with a bigger beer display area. Visiting from San Francisco, I was mainly interested in North Central beers, and picked up a couple bottles of Half Acre's Baumé, a limited edition hopped chocolate rye stout to commemorate the first beer they made at their relatively new brewery established in 2009. Also picked up a bottle of Bluegrass Brewing Company's Bourbon Barrel Aged Helles, out of Louisville, KY. BBC was one of the special tastings West Lakeview puts on periodically. There were many more beers I would have purchased, but unfortunately I had maxed out my luggage space at Three Floyds the day before and was just on my way to O'Hare. I joined their mailing list and will be keeping track of their offerings and promotions (they ship) and will definitely return here when I am in the Chicago area. (1,618 characters)

Photo of wmtxbb
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I sort of hate this place... because it isn't next door to my house. West Lakeview liquors is the epitome of an awesome liquor store.

I'd like to start this rant about how awesome this place is by telling you, the reading audience, that I'm from Kansas - and Kansas has the most strict liquor laws in the country. We can't even fart over 0.15% without being arrested. The Kansas liquor stores stock an ample supply of the crappiest AB, coors, and Miller products that you can imagine. So, when I first moved to Chicago the liquor stores here were like a magical wonderland full of craft booze.

When I stopped into this particular liquor store, I felt the same level of awe...times 10. This place, although it is the size of a closet, has the most amazing selection; the employes know a bunch about beer and the prices are not too bad.

Overall, west lakeview liquors is awesome and you should visit this place. (915 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited this place because everyone who lives in or near the city HAS to visit it.

It wasn't quite what I was expecting. This is a humble little liquor store with a nice little craft beer section. All the beers were reasonably priced and well organized by country. All the sixers, 4-packs and minikegs were in a series of fridges across the way. They also had a selection of cheeses for pairing in the next room; something I wish every liquor store had (I can dream can't I).

Ok, there was a nice selection of single bottles, true. The Mikkeller selection, in particular was very good, but there was nothing outrageously rare or crazy. Mostly stuff you could find at your local Binny's and the sixer selection suffered.

That being said, this did have the neighborhood shop feel and the staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly - true beer advocates.

Overall, its not the beer Mecca some make it out to be, its more of a hangout for beer geeks and a chance to be in a drink store where the line between beer sellers and drinkers is blurred. A nice, quaint little place. (1,081 characters)

Photo of wschmit
4.86/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

West Lakeview is probably the best bottle shop in Chicago. The selection is easily the most thoughtful and deep. I only regret that they don't devote a bit more shelf space to beer, because it's all crammed into one small area. But don't think I"m complaining, more like wishfully dreaming.

These guys know their beer--almost any given person in the shop can talk beer, and probably wine and liquor too, if given the opportunity. Binny's maybe has a beer guy or two on staff at all times, but for this little shop to muster such knowledge is damned impressive.

Selection of Americans is the skimpiest. They keep it to interesting and limited release beers. The imports are where they kill. Pannepot Reserva? Five different offerings from Fantome for 14.99? Three or four offerings from Mahr's? Six beers from Dieu du Ciel? Check, check, check, and, yes, check. I could go on--Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, hell even seeing Spezial Rauchbier in a bottle shocked me. So the selection kicks serious tail. The only thing that could make it a five was if they had more space devoted to sixers of American stuff, but I won't hold that against them. Glad they make the decisions they do.

Oh, and prices are very fair, even inexpensive at times. If you're visiting Chicago from even a good beer town, be sure to stop here.

Edited to add: I stopped in again today, and went immediately afterwards to the Marcey St. Binny's for a side-by-side. Prices and selection are as good or better here almost across the board, except for six-packs. For example, West Lakeview had JW Lees 99 Harvest Ale for 7.99. Binny's did not have it, and the ones they did have were all 7.99 (06) or 9.99 (older). One data point does not a whole argument make, but these guys hold their own against Binny's, for sure. (1,787 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Visited a number of times in my trip to Chicago in July/August 2010.

The place is divided in two. Half is the liquor store and half is a deli/convenience store. Apparently there is a cellar as well but that's off limits to customers.

Tons of bottles to choose from including lots of imports (Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Mikkeller, Nogne, etc), some locals, and a few random beers. Plenty of fridge space and shelf space that is all filled to capacity. Some random bottles seem to show up but they are not new releases, just left over from the last release. Not bad in most cases but just somethign to be aware of. Also lots of liquor, but as I have no interest in liquor I didnt pay much attention.

The people that work there really know their beer. The regular customers that I saw come in were all helped and seemed happy with what they got.

Didnt pay attention to prices all that much as I had too much beer to bring home in the suitcase already and only bought 2 bottles. (981 characters)

Photo of 05Harley
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

This is my first "online" beer store review.

I've been an online customer with West Lakeview Liquors for several years now and I have to say I'm impressed. The selection, quality and service is near exceptional. Kristina has been a big help over the years and I greatly appreciate it.

So lets get down to it. The website is very easy to navigate through. Simply click the beer tab and wala, your on your way. You can either search by country or by domestic which breaks it down into states. As you surf through the selections a fairly detailed description greets you complete with price and availability. Once you've set up an account it takes just a couple clicks and your on your way to the check out. Shipping options include FEDEX or UPS whichever you prefer.

The selection is phenomenol. My only complaint is what's listed isn't always available which is a bummer.

The decision to review them was driven by my latest purchase which I received Yesterday (1/20) having placed it on 1/13. To my surprise an envelope was inside with my purchase that included a few dollars along with a hand written note apologizing for charging me a little extra on tax. It's not just the refund but the manner in which it was handled that impressed me.

Honesty is A number one in my book.

A big thanks to the staff at West Lakeview Liquors, keep up the good work. (1,356 characters)

West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL
100 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.